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Terrell Owens signs with the Bengals!


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Per NFL.com:

One year after they were featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the Cincinnati Bengals have scripted their own reality show.

T.O. and Ocho. Two self-conscious stars, one NFL team.

How will they fit? How will it work? Which wide receiver will provide most of the drama? And, more importantly, will any of it help the Bengals return to the playoffs?

The Bengals reached a one-year contract agreement with Terrell Owens on Tuesday, a team source told NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi, and the veteran receiver is expected to report to training camp in a day or two.

NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora confirmed that Owens will be paid $2 million in base salary and could earn an additional $2 million in incentives. Owens’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, called the incentives “very reachable” and indicated that they are consistent with Owens’ production in Buffalo, where he made $6.5 million last season.

Rosenhaus pointed out on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” that the receiver hasn’t signed anything yet, although he admitted it “looks like a formality at this point.” Rosenhaus expects the deal to be finalized Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

On his Twitter account, all Owens would say was, “Hoping 2 b a Bengal w/in the 24hrs!!” He later said: “Ocho Uno is coming 2 town!! Hey Robin, Batman will b there soon!”

Players are required to report for the start of Bengals training camp Wednesday in Georgetown, Ky. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Owens isn’t expected to attend the morning practice Thursday, but he likely will show up for the night session.

Rosenhaus said the Bengals were Owens’ first choice, giving him a chance to team with close friend Chad Ochocinco, who already has dubbed the pair Batman and Robin. The Bengals made an offer Monday, and Owens accepted it one day later, after the St. Louis Rams dropped out of the running.

“The Bengals have always been the front-runner,” Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. “Even though I talked to some other teams during this process, the Bengals have always been the team that showed the most interest. Terrell has always been excited about them.”

The Bengals gave Owens a tryout in March, but they decided to sign Antonio Bryant to a four-year, $28 million contract instead. Although he said on NFL Network that he doesn’t have “direct knowledge” of the situation, Rosenhaus believes Bryant’s health status played a role in the Bengals chasing Owens.

Bryant has been slowed by knee surgery, and NFL.com’s Steve Wyche, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported Tuesday that some within the Bengals’ organization already feel a semblance of buyer’s remorse.

Coach Marvin Lewis denied last week that the Bengals needed Owens, telling the team’s official Web site, “I don’t want to speak (about Terrell). We’ve been down that road. I don’t have a concern that we need to add anybody (at receiver).” But Lewis changed his tune this week.

“I think really we’re adding a player who has been extremely productive throughout his career and really compliments the guys that we have offensively already,” Lewis said Tuesday on NFL Network. “But really, when Terrell didn’t sign, obviously they still had the interest and the attraction. I’m glad it was able to work out. It makes for the greater good of the football team.”

Already, it’s like something out of a reality show.

Ochocinco gushed about the matchup on his Twitter feed, welcoming Owens to Cincinnati and joking that “all of our games have been moved to pay-per-view, you got to pay to see this.”

Both of the look-at-me receivers are accustomed to cable.

By adding Owens, the Bengals will lead the NFL in reality TV stars. Ochocinco competed on “Dancing With the Stars” during the offseason and has a dating show called “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch” currently running on VH1. After Ochocinco’s show comes “The T.O. Show.”

Ochocinco’s last show involved eliminating two contestants. Owens’ last program had him walking down a runway as part of a fashion show in metrosexual attire — bare chest under an open jacket with a huge necklace and a wig.

In a couple of days, it will be the dancer-and-dater on one side of the field, the metrosexual model on the other.

In the middle will be quarterback Carson Palmer, who helped bring Owens to Cincinnati. Palmer worked out with Owens in California and called Lewis, saying the Bengals ought to try to sign the receiver.

“He and Chad are going to do some great things with Carson,” Rosenhaus told The AP. “Carson Palmer had a lot to do with this deal coming together.”

Bengals president Mike Brown went along with it, even though he knew Owens also brings a lot of baggage. The outspoken receiver has a history of undercutting his quarterbacks, though he was on good behavior last season in Buffalo.

Brown doesn’t mind. He has a history of providing extra chances to players who have caused trouble, allowing them to extend their careers in Bengals stripes. In the last two years, the Bengals also have signed wide receivers Chris Henry and Matt Jones and running backs Cedric Benson and Larry Johnson, all of whom were let go by Cincinnati or other teams because of off-the-field issues.

“Yes, people can make mistakes,” Brown said at the Bengals’ preseason luncheon Monday. “It doesn’t mean that they go on the rest of their lives making mistakes. They can get their ship pointed in the right direction. This is a 36-year-old man. He’s been through a lot. He’s proven as a player and as a person.”

The question is how much Owens has left.

Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns with the Bills last season, his least-productive full season since early in his career with the San Francisco 49ers. The Bengals are trying to upgrade a passing game that was one of the NFL’s worst last season, ranking 26th.

The Bengals won the AFC North by relying on defense and their running game. They released wide receiver Laveranues Coles after his only season in Cincinnati and went looking for a replacement. They found him in Bryant, then also turned to Owens.

The Bengals could move Bryant to an inside slot position, which they have struggled to fill since T.J. Houshmandzadeh left for the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent. The Bengals also could alternate the two receivers at an outside spot opposite Ochocinco, who was regularly double-teamed by defenders last season.

“I think the personalities of a professional football team, they have a way of coming together when they get united doing one thing — and that’s winning football games,” Lewis said. “That’s the challenge. That’s what I’ve spoken to all of them about. I can’t tell you on which day who is going to get a chance to do what, but that your time is coming. Be ready. Be prepared. Come on every day and strap up and let’s go to work. Your day will come.

“At the end of this, if we do it right enough, we’ll all feel pretty good about things.”

Rosenhaus also has talked to the Bengals about a contract extension for Ochocinco, who is on the final year of a deal that includes a team option for 2011.

“We’ve been in discussion potentially about doing an extension,” Rosenhaus told The AP. “So we’ll keep that going. It’s been very cordial, very positive.”


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Raider legend Jack Tatum dies at the age of 61…


Tatum display image Raider legend Jack Tatum dies at the age of 61...Per NFL.com:

Jack Tatum, an All-Pro safety for the Oakland Raiders in the 1970s and one of the most feared hitters in NFL history, died Tuesday. He was 61.

Tatum, who was nicknamed “The Assassin,” suffered a heart attack in an Oakland hospital, said John Hicks, his friend and former Ohio State teammate. Hicks said Tatum had diabetes the last several years and also lost his left leg because of circulation problems.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Jack Tatum’s passing,” the Raiders said in a statement. “Jack was a true Raider champion and a true Raider warrior. .. Jack was the standard bearer and an inspiration for the position of safety throughout college and professional football.”

Tatum, a first-round draft pick by the Raiders in 1971, might be best known for his hit that paralyzed New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley during an NFL preseason game on Aug. 12, 1978. Stingley ran head-on into Tatum on a crossing pattern, and the safety’s blow severed the receiver’s fourth and fifth vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed.

The two men never met after the hit. Stingley died in 2007.

Despite Tatum’s failure to show remorse, Hicks said his friend was haunted by the play.

“It was tough on him, too,” Hicks said. “He wasn’t the same person after that. For years, he was almost a recluse.”

Tatum had said he tried to visit Stingley at an Oakland hospital shortly after the collision but was turned away by the receiver’s family members.

“It’s not so much that Darryl doesn’t want to, but it’s the people around him,” Tatum told the Oakland Tribune in 2004. “So we haven’t been able to get through that. Every time we plan something, it gets messed up. Getting to him or him getting back to me, it never happens.”

Part of the alienation came after Tatum wrote the 1980 book, “They Call Me Assassin,” in which he was unapologetic for his headhunting ways. Tatum also wrote books titled “They Still Call Me Assassin: Here We Go Again” in 1989 and “Final Confessions of an NFL Assassin” in 1996.

In the latter, Tatum wrote, “I was paid to hit, the harder the better. And I hit, and I knocked people down and knocked people out. … I understand why Darryl is considered the victim. But I’ll never understand why some people look at me as the villain.”

Tatum wasn’t penalized for his hit on Stingley, and the NFL took no disciplinary action, although it did tighten its rules on violent hits.

Despite their lingering resentment, Stingley was gracious in 2003 when he learned that Tatum had diabetes and several toes amputated.

“You can’t, as a human being, feel happy about something like that happening to another human being,” Stingley told The Boston Globe.

Tatum began a charitable group to assist kids with diabetes and helped raise more than $1.4 million to fight the disease in the Columbus area.

Tatum also was a central figure in “The Immaculate Reception” during the Raiders’ 1972 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With 22 seconds left in the game, Tatum jarred loose a pass to Frenchy Fuqua. The ball bounced off Fuqua’s foot and ricocheted into the arms of Steelers running back Franco Harris, who never broke stride and ran 42 yards for the winning touchdown.

Tatum started 106 of 120 games and had 30 interceptions in nine seasons with the Raiders, whom he helped win Super Bowl XI in the 1976 season. Tatum played his final NFL season with the Houston Oilers in 1980.

“R.I.P. Jack Tatum the assassin,” current Raiders safety Michael Huff wrote on Twitter after learning of Tatum’s death. “One of the best safetys to ever play this game, his legacy will live forever.”

Tatum grew up in New Jersey and had little interest in organized sports until high school. However, he grew to love football and was offered a scholarship to Ohio State.

Recruited as a running back, Tatum would sneak over to the defensive side to play linebacker. In time, Ohio State coaches — particularly secondary coach Lou Holtz — recognized that Tatum was a natural on defense.

Tatum was a part of the “super sophs” class that led Ohio State to an unbeaten season and the national championship in 1968. He stole the headlines in a showdown with No. 1 Purdue early in the season, shadowing All-American running back Leroy Keyes in the Buckeyes’ 13-0 upset of the Boilermakers.

In his three years as a starter at Ohio State, Tatum’s teams went 27-2 and won two Big Ten Conference titles.

Each week after an Ohio State game, the coaching staff awards the “Jack Tatum hit of the week” award for the hardest tackle or block by a Buckeye.

“We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes,” current Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said in a statement released by the school. “When you think of Ohio State defense, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Tatum. His loss touches every era of Ohio State players and fans.”

Tatum is a member of the Ohio State and college football halls of fame.


Madden 11 soundtrack announced…


01 EAS madden11 congratsBrees news Madden 11 soundtrack announced...Per Destructoid:

EA Sports has confirmed that its upcoming sports monster title, Madden NFL 11, will ship on a disc that features music. Some music you’ve heard before, some you haven’t, and some you wished you didn’t have to. But here they are, the 23 tracks you’ll be listening to as you sack, juke, and touchdown all over digital stadiums this August.

The song listing will consist of original recordings, cover tracks, and a team fight songs. Also, not one, but two Ozzy Osbourne songs — “Let Me Hear Your Scream” and “Crazy Train.” The former probably included as a requisite to get the rights to the latter, because “Crazy Train” is awesome and that other song is just some new Ozzy song that was on CSI.

Original Recordings:

  • AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  • Archie Eversole – We Ready
  • Blur – Song 2
  • Bush – Machinehead
  • Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
  • Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil’ Wayne – Let It Rock
  • Kiss – Rock and Roll All Nite
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Let Me Hear You Scream
  • Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
  • The Hives – Tick Tick Boom
  • Todd Rundgren – Bang the Drum
  • Ying Yang Twins featuring Homebwoi – Halftime

Cover Versions:

  • Rock N Roll Part 2 – as made famous by Gary Glitter
  • We Will Rock You – as made famous by Queen
  • Crowd Chant – as made famous by Joe Satriani
  • Kernkraft 400 – as made famous by Zombie Nation

Team Fight Songs:

  • Chicago Bears – Bear Down Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions – Gridiron Heroes
  • Green Bay Packers – Go Packers Go!
  • Miami Dolphins – Miami Dolphins #1
  • Minnesota Vikings – Skol Vikings
  • Philadelphia Eagles – Fly Eagles Fly
  • Washington Redskins – Hail to the Redskins

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Titans sue Lane Kiffin for “stealing” assistant…


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Per NFL.com:

The Tennessee Titans are suing USC football coach Lane Kiffin and the school for “maliciously” luring away running backs coach Kennedy Pola just one week before training camp, The Tennessean first reported Monday.

Tennessee Football Inc., the company that owns the Titans, filed the lawsuit Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court. The suit accuses Kiffin and USC of violating Pola’s contract, which required him to have written permission to discuss a job with anyone other than the Titans.

The Titans hired Pola away from the Jacksonville Jaguars in January, only to lose him Saturday to USC, where he will be the Trojans’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

“USC and Kiffin maliciously intended to — and did — induce Pola to breach the Pola contract,” the lawsuit charges. “USC and Kiffin engaged in improper means in their procurement of the breach and were not legally justified in their actions. Kiffin and USC’s actions, through him, were part of a course and pattern of conduct fostered by Kiffin and USC to use improper methods and means to the direct harm and damage of parties to contracts …”

The Titans declined to comment beyond the lawsuit Monday when contacted by The Associated Press.

Pola informed coach Jeff Fisher of his decision to leave the Titans on Saturday. Pola played fullback at USC from 1982 to 1985 and was the Trojans’ running backs and special teams coach from 2000 to 2003.

Fisher, also a former USC player, told The Tennessean on Saturday that Kiffin never contacted him during the hiring process.

“I am very disappointed in Lane Kiffin’s approach to this,” Fisher said. “Typically speaking when coaches are interested in hiring or discussing potential employment from coaches on respective staffs there is a courtesy call made from the head coach or athletic director indicating there is an interest in talking to the assistant.

“So I am very disappointed in the lack of professionalism on behalf of Lane, to call me and leave me a voice mail after Kennedy had informed me he had taken the job. It is just a lack of professionalism.”

The lawsuit claims that “as a result of USC and Kiffin’s tortuous conduct, Tennessee (Titans) football has been damaged in an amount proven at trial.” Tennessee Football Inc. is asking for a jury trial and punitive damages and attorneys fees.

The lawsuit is particularly harsh on Kiffin, who coached the Oakland Raiders in 2007 and 2008, for what it calls intentional actions. Kiffin said he first spoke to Pola on Friday, then called Fisher on Saturday after Pola called him back, apparently to accept the job.

Kiffin acknowledged in a statement Saturday that the timing wasn’t perfect.

“I have spoken with Coach Fisher and he now has an accurate understanding of the timeline of events,” Kiffin said. “We realize the timing of this isn’t perfect for all parties, but this is a great opportunity and promotion for Kennedy.”

The lawsuit doesn’t hold back in criticizing Kiffin for “furtherance of a culture of violation and avoidance of respect for the sanctity of contract, which Kiffin similarly practices …” in inducing Pola to breach his contract.

The lawsuit notes that Kiffin “abruptly departed” his coaching job at the University of Tennessee in January after just 14 months, angering Volunteers fans. Kiffin also lured four other Tennessee assistants to join him at USC, and the lawsuit also notes how the coach tried to hire Eric Bienemy away from the Minnesota Vikings, forcing that team to redo a contract to keep him.

This isn’t the first time that Kiffin has been accused of “inducing” an NFL assistant coach to breach his contract. When Kiffin became Tennessee’s coach in 2009, he drew the Raiders’ ire for hiring assistant offensive line coach James Cregg for the same position with the Volunteers, found in a letter sent to the university by the team and obtained by The San Francisco Chronicle. USC announced this January that Cregg was leaving the Vols to join Kiffin’s Trojans staff as an assistant.

Pola’s contract ran at least to Feb. 14, 2011, with the NFL in the final year of its current labor agreement with the players.

The lawsuit notes that written permission from the president and general counsel was needed because verbal “consent is inadequate.” The lawsuit also notes that USC and Kiffin, through Pola, knew about his contract requirements.

“Pola was not given express written consent by Tennessee Football or the Commissioner of the NFL to entertain employment with any other entity,” the lawsuit argues.

The move left the Titans without a running backs coach one week before training camp opens, which the lawsuit argues disrupts planning, causes “potential loss of confidence by players” and the loss of salary and benefits already paid to Pola along with “future damage.”


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